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Cherokee Center

Cherokee center


The WCU Cherokee Center was founded in 1975 when Lawrence Arvey founded the center as a hub for professors that would teach the college level courses across the street from the Old Cherokee High School. As the years went on, those professors were no longer needed because the teacher could become certified to teach the course themselves.

The Center has become the headquarters for all outreach and involvement in the Cherokee community. We provide many services to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians students and the surrounding region.

These services include the application process, transcript request, scholarships, internships placement, high school recruitment, and much more. The center staff is here to support you and any way possible. The WCU Cherokee Center is your connection to Western Carolina University.

Resources for Potential Students

Current Students and Alumni

Cherokee Center advisory Board

Community Involvement

ebci outreach


The Cherokee Center runs many activities and services for the local community:

  • College Fairs
  • Recruitment days
  • Application workshops
  • Educational workshops for all students
  • Community service events
  • Educational campus performances or demonstrations
  • Educational campus lectures or speakers
  • Mentoring/job shadowing activities
  • Tours of local and historical sites
  • Alumni engagement

Cherokee Center Staff




Director of the Cherokee Center

A search is underway to find a new director who will serve as a liaison between WCU and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Elias Huskey


Elias Huskey

Administrative Support Associate

An enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Huskey graduated from Swain County High School and is currently working towards his associates degree. He is the former chairman of the Junaluska Leadership Council and is a 2013 alumni of the Remember the Removal bike ride that travels from New Echota, GA to Tahlequah, OK. As the Administrative Support for the Cherokee Center, Huskey will work to provide excellent support to the Director and the Cherokee Center.

A Glimpse into the Past of the Cherokee Center

Cherokee Center being built

Cherokee Center built in 1975

Gentlemen smiling for the camera

Community Support spreads

EBCI Students of WCU

Local students

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